The Aliyah Files #30 What to Bring on the Plane When Travelling with School-aged Kids

Mazel tov!  August will be my family’s 10-year Aliyahversary, meaning ten years ago we left our life in America and moved to Israel. I can’t believe a decade has passed and it seems like just yesterday we boarded the plane.

Aliyah 2010 welcome ceremony
A sign I drew on the plane.

Speaking of planes, based on the Nefesh B’Nefesh summer flight schedule, it looks like lots of folks will be flying this summer.  Though it’s been many years since we were on that charter flight from JFK to Tel Aviv, I’m going to recommend some things to take on the plane. This list is catered toward families with elementary school-aged children based on my experience with traveling with kids who were aged 3-11.

our aliyah flight
Buckled in ready for take-off

DO travel lightly.  The less you bring, the less you have to shlep. Everything feels heavier when you’re tired.  As a parent, even though my children were “supposed to” be responsible for their own backpacks, I ended up carrying most of them and feeling like a pack mule.

DO bring

  • gum
  • lots of nosh- chips, pretzels, granola.  Be sensitive to items with peanuts or other allergens that could be dangerous to other passengers.
  • special treats- novelty candy, lollypops, etc, These are the items I never buy but they did keep the kids happy and entertained. These are the treats that include a novelty toy like a flashlight or other figit. Amazingly, this kept the kids busy for hours.
  • a neck pillow
  • comfy socks or slippers (if you want to take off shoes)
  • phone or other devices for music + headphones.  I haven’t flown in 10 years so I am not sure what in-flight options are currently.
  • deck of cards
  • a sweater or sweatshirt
  • favorite stuffed animal/comfort item
  • a chapter book for avid readers
  • drawing paper, coloring book, activity book, and coloring utensils
  • journal for older kids who like to write

El Al Airlines has a good article called Flying With Children with additional suggestions on preparing for the flight.

We’ve landed! Photo from my scrapbook album

Here’s an article from Nefesh B’Nefesh on Aliyah flight luggage guidelines I recommend reading if you are flying in the near future.

Wishing you safe and happy travels and if you have any pre-aliyah questions in the jurisdiction of your “stuff” don’t hesitate to contact me

Karen, The Klutter Koach

Have you missed any of The Aliyah Files?

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  5. Doors, Light Switches, Toilets, and Other Oddities of Your New Home
  6. Preparing for Pesach in Israel-Time Management, Shopping, and Organizational Strategies
  7. To Bring or Not to Bring, That is the Question
  8. The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies
  9. The First Week of School and What to Expect
  10. Pumpkin-Spiced Latte
  11. America’s got S’Mores. Israel’s got Krembos. Comparison of these 2 Marshmallow Treats
  12. Ideas for adding color to a colorless standard Israeli apartment
  13. Essential Hebrew Part I
  14.  Essential Hebrew Part II
  15. 5 Items to buy the first week after of arriving in Israel
  16. Over-the-Counter-Medication
  17. Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality
  18. Welcome to Israel!
  19. Healthy Eating on a Budget
  20. The month of Shevat important events: Tu B’Shevat and First Semester Report Cards
  21. The Ultimate in Decluttering Part IV
  22. It’s About Time. A post about being on time, starting on time, and scheduling
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  24. Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall
  25. Best Snacks to Send to School
  26. My home is so dusty! Help!
  27. You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? Here’s the Israeli OTC medication guide for Fever, Aches & Pains
  28. The Aliyah Homemaker: Washing floors the Israeli way
  29. Having Tummy Trouble? What OTC meds can you take for relief?


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Published by Karen Furman, The Klutter Koach

Hi. I'm Karen Furman. I have a background in teaching and I have always loved sharing knowledge and inspiring others. I create home organizing solutions to maximize space and transform homes spaces from chaos to calm by helping my clients make their space more functional.

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